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  1. Scooter has his dew claws. When we first went to the vet, at 8 weeks, she commented about him still having them on. She was surprised - said that usually they were removed within a few hours of birth. Well, Scooter was born in a back-yard breeding as an accident. He got zero vet care as a pup until I got him, although he was fed and well socialized in that family. So, he still had his dew claws. At 8 weeks, I didn't see a reason to subject him to the removal. Since then, I've noticed that he uses them to help hold things. I make sure to trim them every couple of weeks to avoid issues. They don't wear down at all, since he doesn't walk or run on them.
  2. Wow, I've been gone a while! Roz - happy belated birthday! It sounds like you had a house full of fun! I'm sure it was fun, and it was nice to get the house back to you and Horton as well. My new job is going well. Well the job is, Scooter missing the going. On Tuesday and Thursday, we are working intently from home. On MWF, I still teach at the U in the mornings, then work from home afternoon and into the evening a little bit. I'm enjoying reading about everyone's dogs!
  3. Interesting discussion. Scooter's vest doesn't have his name on it. There is a small patch from the training company, but it isn't that readable. The readable part is the big "Service Dog" patch on each side. His vest is red, and has a handle. Not a guide handle, but just a handle on the cape. I routinely use the handle when we are going up the steps for that added pull. Scooter on my left, handrail on my right. Scooter's training included letting him be "just a dog" without the vest. Occasionally, I'll have students ask if they can pet my dog. I generally say, 'not while he is working." Then, on occasion, we will go outside a building, remove his vest and let him visit with the students. Without his vest on, he BOUNCES. I mean he is a whole different dog! I have just always made it a point that when we are working, he is vested.
  4. I've had a temp one off an on since the fall in 2015. I'll have it, then I'll finish the round of PT and he will say, "I don't think you need the parking placard. I want you to walk more." Then a few months goes by, and I'm still not healed and he will say, "Let's rest it and see if that helps, then more PT" and give me a placard for 3 - 6 months. Then that placard will expire and he'll say, "I want you to be out walking and using it. It should be better now." We go round and round. Part of the issue is that he is a 55 year old former military officer who I'm pretty sure runs marathons for fun. I'm a 50 year old woman with severe allergies and asthma who trips over her own feet in a clear and well-lit hallway. He has operated on this ankle twice, the second time he sawed through the tibia to get to the part that was most damaged, and pulled a plug of cartilidge from the knee (so knee surgery) to put into the ankle where I had none. I use the placard on the bad days, and park at the back of the lot and walk on the good days. He did say that he expects it to be a full year from the last surgery before I'm fully healed.
  5. Amen for enjoying the ship while all the other guests are on shore! I did that a lot back in February while still recovering from the latest ankle surgery. Speaking of which, went to the Dr on Wednesday. The ankle and knee just keep very slowly healing. I still have numbness in the leg between the ankle and knee just toward the inside. Dr said if it is still that way then he can have neuro do testing, but it involves a lot of needles and might involve another surgery to release the pinch. Anyone know anything about it? I'm accepting that I now have a chronic condition that will never be 100%. I'll always probably have good days and bad (don't we all!) and more and less pain depending on the day. Some days I can do steps, other days no way. He gave me a handicap car tag for the winter, though, for the bad days. I'm still using temp tags. He isn't ready to give up and give me a permanent one. He had taken it away for the summer, saying I needed to "Use it" to strengthen it. I know I'm not walking correctly - hubby recognizes my gait from across campus.
  6. I emailed CelebrityOneTouch yesterday and received a phone call today. The movies are definitely going away, ship by ship. So, if they are not gone yet, they will be soon, fleet wide. Each ship is supposed to have 8 movies to show in the public places. Those were the same movies that previously were available on demand at no additional fee in the state rooms. Because they are shown in that way, Celebrity has to pay big bucks. My complaint is that there is, therefore, no other way to watch a movie in the room, for example during poor weather. The rep understood. She had recently been in a hotel with smart TVs that allowed guests to sign into their own NetFlix accounts. My counter to that is that often the internet cannot keep up to allow all those who want to stream to do so, and the TVs are locked out of allowing us to cast to the TV. She did say that if a guest was under quarantine via medical, the 14.99 fee per movie would be waived. I guess that is something. I simply asked her to include me in the list of guests who feels that taking away a handful of free movies is cheapening the product.
  7. To unlock a TV, you’ll probably need an actual Samsung brand remote. Sometimes you can get IT to unlock a TV port to connect a personal device. Not the people in the iLounge, the actual IT guy down on deck 3.
  8. We are looking forward to it as well! The December cruise is, if I recall correctly, one day longer than the other itineraries. It spends the next day docked at Colon. We do an overnight there in Colon.
  9. Carnival may, but Celebrity does not. Note, however, that I still could not roll through the door of my stateroom on my last cruise. The door was not wide enough, even for a relatively narrow WC. On that same cruise, there was a person with a rented scooter just a room or two down the hall. He also did not have an accessible room. The issue was that he then parked the scooter in the hallway. When he did this, there was not sufficient room for me to get through the hallway in my wheelchair. The rules from the cruise line state that scooters must be stored in the stateroom, not the hallway. That is why even someone who doesn't always use a scooter will reserve an accessible room. Because the door is not wide enough for the scooter to go through the door. We had to complain to guest services a number of times and finally the other guest started parking his scooter in the corner of the elevator area, rather than the hallway leading to the staterooms. I heard him complaining one time about having to walk from his stateroom to there to get to his scooter. Um, I was in a manual wheelchair and had been completely non-weight bearing for 11 weeks. I was finally given permission to put weight on the leg just 5 days before we flew out. I didn't want to hear it.
  10. If your own property, whether wheelchair, walker, etc, you can engrave your name and phone number or email address on it. My police department offers this service.
  11. Part of the problem is that they don’t have any partly accessible cabins. i need grab bars in the shower, the higher toilet, and grab bars at the toilet. Sometimes the step up into the bathroom is no big deal, other times it is. So how do you think you should allocate the accessible rooms? Do I qualify? On my last cruise, I could not get into an accessible cabin, as we had booked it well before I needed the assistance devices. We used a standard cabin. I had to get out of my wheelchair to fold it to get through the door of the room. I can walk around the room, but if I’m having a bad day, I can’t do much more. I use a wheelchair part time, a manual that folds. Some days I can walk, some days I cannot. To look at me, you would never know it.
  12. Thanks, Roz and Linda. I appreciate the reassurance. It is amazing what one bad fall will do to us! I turn 50 in a couple of weeks. I'm lamenting the physical limitations I have.
  13. Profit is definitely key. They still have cruises to the ABC islands on the SClass ships. In 18-19, they were a 9-night on Silhouette. Some of the Equinox’s cruises go there as well, and next year some of the Reflection cruises go there. The issue of the 14-night Eclipse cruises was they were not profitable. They tended to be older adults, and those adults tended to spend very little while on board. The had huge numbers of Elites who enjoyed the Elite Happy Hour, but didn’t buy other beverages. Many of them removed gratuities. (Staff hated being stationed on board because of the lack of tips). Few of them (percentage wise) booked excursions through the ship. In short, they were not profitable. According to a friend of ours, the same was true of the 12-Night cruises on Silhouette in 18-19. We were amazed at the number of people who didn’t get off the ship when we sailed in Feb 19 on Silhouette. We didn’t get off much, because I was recovering from surgery and in a wheelchair. They usually had multiple Alcoves available unsold even on sea days. They did coupons for the Elite Happy Hour because of numbers.
  14. Thanks, Linda. Some days I don't need anything at all. Other days I need the cane. Other days I'm glad we have the WC and the ramp. I guess I'm just frustrated.
  15. Any of you cruised on a Celebrity M-class in the last few years, in an Accessible Sky Suite? I have one booked on Constellation for 2020 out of Tampa. I’m in one of the deck 8 rooms, luckily not backing up to the elevator but next door to that one. After doing some soul searching, I decided I need to break down and book accessible from now on. I’ll manage during my next two cruises with regular staterooms, but I’m learning I need the extra grab bars in the bathroom, the raised toilet, etc. Between the ankle and knee pain and the lasting numbness, I’m guessing I need to accept it. Luckily, Scooter enjoys doing retrieval’s. Part of of me feels bad at taking the accessible suite if I don’t 100% need it, but after the cruise in February when I could not get one, was actually using a wheelchair and needed it, I broke down. I can’t get into one for this December, Feb 2020 or Feb 20201 as of this point, though. The WC didn’t fit through the door unless we at least partly collapsed it, and once in the room it didn’t fit between the bed and the wall. How bad is the water in the bathroom after a shower? That is one of the things I hate about accessible rooms. We had a hotel room in January where the water went everywhere. It was scary. That was when I was completely non-weight bearing and needed the shower seat (that was missing - grrrr).
  16. I no longer book a flight before noon even when sailing and flying out of Fort Lauderdale. We experienced one of those hold ups by CBP on a Friday morning disembarkation and no one exited the cruise terminal until after 10AM. CBP claimed they had received word of a “credible threat” and inspected closely. They finally made one line just for US passengers with passports, but even that line moved more slowly than normal. People around us were complaining left and right about missing flights. We were glad all we did was miss a couple of hours of beach time (we had a 7pm flight and rental car waiting for us). If you choose to do an early flight, make sure to have travel insurance that covers you.
  17. We swapped a February cruise on RF in a Sky Suite for the holiday one on Connie in 6117. Here's hoping it is a good room. The lifeboats don't bother me. I'm currently more worried about the smoke, but I'll have to hope for the best. What kind of grab bars are in the shower? I was trying to leave the accessible suite for someone more needy than me, but II may need to switch to it. We've only done S-Class ships.
  18. The people delivering room service are now wait staff. They are generally supervised by a Head Waiter, who often doubles up evenings at the MDR. We are friendly with one. He assured us they were appropriately compensated, but are always happy with additional compensation like others in the ship. if you eat at a different table in the MDR each evening in Select Dinjng, you are unlikely to add an additional tip. Same thing.
  19. They really think a large company is going to cancel stops over the firing of one person? The cruise lines will stop where they get the best deal. He signed letters of intent after being told not to. Sounds like he was fired for cause. Allure is skipping the USVI for a while because of mechanical issues.
  20. Mine is a “Drive Medical” from Amazon. For $22 it was worth the chance.
  21. What a week! The neighbors finally stopped setting fireworks. Scooter doesn’t mind most of them. But the giant BOOMS make him bark. That is WRONG! The house next next door was condemned a couple of years ago by the city. Last year, the university purchased it. Ever since, all the police departments in the region have been using it for training. That gets interesting! The other day, one of the police departments included a K9 officer. We came home for lunch (as we do almost daily) and spotted the K9 right as he spotted us walking up the sidewalk to our house. He started to pull his handler toward us. The handler wasn’t expecting it. I didn’t know what to expect, since some maintain their training better than others. Chief had forgotten to let the training team know there was a family living next door with a SD. Whoops! All is well, but we had a surprise! i can’t wait until that house comes down! Scooter is otherwise doing well. I’m still trying to get this bad ankle to heal, and the Dr refused to write another Rx for PT, so I’m not thrilled about that. Time will tell.
  22. I own one. The one I have was about $22 on Amazon. The height is not adjustable, and it has 3 legs. It folds someone flat and then you spread it into a tripod for using as a seat. Not comfortable, but works for standing in long lines. Not appropriate if too heavy. I’m 5’9” and about 190lbs. It is not all that great as a cane or as a seat, but works for a short time for either. I use it when I will be standing in line for 20 minutes or so. For $22, good enough.
  23. Thank you so much! We love the Alcoves on Silhouette and Reflection, and we are disappointed in the ones installed on Equinox since they don’t have mid-day sun protection or rain protection. Trying to decide if I want one during our EQ sailing i in December.
  24. Sorry, I have been swamped. Yes, I was on Silhouette in February. I was in a C2, bed by bath. I was in one of the rooms with a slanted balcony. I could not fit the wheelchair through the doorway, even though it is a fairly narrow wheelchair. We had to partly fold my WC to get it through the doorway and through the area between the bed and the wall. My neighbor had the bed by the balcony, but his rental scooter didn’t fit through his doorway. I did a lot of hopping on that cruise.
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